Posted by: travelrat | January 9, 2017

Travel Theme: Quiet

The other day, I called in at the Public Library. In one corner, the Children’s Book Club was in session, and a very enthusiastic session it was, too. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves immensely, and I reflected that, in my day, (I seem to be using that phrase more often as I get older) such behaviour would have earned, at best, an icy glare from the ‘Book Dragon’

(And, when you had one of Miss Fitch’s glares, you knew you’d been glared at!)

Not, you understand, that I have anything at all against this sort of thing; anything that gets kids reading and discussing what they’ve read is fine by me. But, if you want quiet, it seems that you have to range further afield to find it. So, I’ll just review a few quiet places I’ve been to.


Wadi Rum was the first place I thought of … although I’m not sure what it’s like now. We visited just before the Iraq invasion, and had the place almost to ourselves. The feeling of just lying in a bedroll, watching the stars, and above all, enjoying the silence is something I’ll never forget.

Then, there was the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca. It’s one of the very few mosques into which non-Muslims are admitted. The grand architecture just calls for silence, or, at least, lowered voices more than any notice ever would.


The columns are rather reminiscent of a forest, and that’s another place of quiet; the trees tend to deaden any sound you make, anyway. We once did a tour of the rain-forest on Australia’s Fraser Island. We stopped by a little stream, the waters of which were so clear that it looked more like a footpath through the trees.

‘Listen!’ said the guide ‘What can’t you hear?

It took a while to realise it, but, because Fraser Island is composed entirely of sand, there were no rocks in the stream bed, so the waters went their way … absolutely silently.



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